Are we sure that Rosie wouldn't be safer at the Maine facility than she is at present, with the circus? I totally agree that living as a lone elephant in a cold climate is far from ideal for her, but I am also concerned that even though Rosie isn't performing at the circus any longer, that they might still abuse her, trying to force her to. I am afraid that halting the planned move to Maine, where at least their intentions are good, may leave her with the circus unless we know that she will definitely be taken in by one of the existing elephant sanctuaries. Do you know if anyone has spoken to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee? A wonderful place.
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Sent: Sunday, September 4,[masked]:20 PM
Subject: [animalwelfare-216] Make A Quick Call For Rosie, the Elephant
FROM IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS:
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Famed actor and comedian Lily Tomlin is our newest ally in the fight to stop an unsafe and inhumane elephant facility in Hope, Maine. She’s written to Maine Governor LePage, urging him to oppose this well-intended but misguided plan that would cruelly keep a single elephant in inadequate conditions and is fraught with public safety problems.
The proposed “sanctuary” would bring an elephant named Rosie from a circus-owned facility where she is not performing to live by herself in a small enclosure and cold weather conditions that will force her to spend most of the year indoors. The town of Hope has approved construction of the facility, but there are state and federal permits that still must be obtained.
The person promoting the facility is a veterinarian who says he would provide special therapies for Rosie’s arthritis, but veterinarians expert in elephant care agree that these therapies cannot overcome the negative effects of confining an arthritic elephant to a small pen in a cold environment. So Rosie’s quality of life would not be improved, and given that she would be kept alone, would be worsened. (Despite claims that another elephant could be acquired, there is not enough room for one elephant, much less two.)
There also are grave human safety concerns that include a handler who does not have the experience required to safely handle an elephant, use of unsafe and inhumane training methods (including use of the bullhook, a weapon resembling a fireplace poker that is used to control elephants through fear of painful punishment), and the threat of tuberculosis, which is transmissible to humans.
Rosie deserves a better home. If the veterinarian promoting this plan really wants to do what’s best for Rosie, he would use his influence with the circus (where he formerly worked) and help send her to an already established sanctuary, where she would be provided specialized care from a staff of highly trained caretakers, the company of other elephants, and vast space to roam in a far more temperate climate.
Though the idea of helping Rosie is commendable, she will suffer in Maine. Elephants are not meant to live alone or to spend all their time inside a cramped barn. And, as Lily Tomlin wrote, “There is nothing educational about seeing an elephant, alone and miserable, incessantly rocking from side to side.”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call Maine Governor LePage at[masked] and ask him to oppose this misguided plan and to support sending Rosie to a true sanctuary. If you are a Maine resident, be sure to state that. Please be respectful and keep your message brief. It can be as simple as: “I heard about Lily Tomlin’s letter and I’m calling to ask that the Governor take a position against bringing an elephant to Maine because it’s unsafe and inhumane. Please ask him to support sending the elephant to an already established sanctuary instead. Thank you.”
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